Evangelism Tip #6: Proper Actions

Reaching someone from a different culture or background can be hard. Our actions play a major role in the lives of people. That is why Paul says that he is “made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” His desire was to limit his freedom and not offend people with the things that are indifferent to scripture. So your starting point also includes having the proper actions to the people you are witnessing to. Let’s look at the scripture:

1 Corinthians 9:19-22 “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

The things that Paul would be talking about here are things that are indifferent to scripture. For example, if you enter into an Asian person’s house, most likely, you will need to take off your shoes at the front door, and they will probably offer you tea to drink or something to eat. Taking off your shoes, drinking tea or eating what is offered are a few examples of things that are indifferent to scripture. This does not mean that anything that is not clearly mentioned as sin in the Bible is ok. Here are some guidelines to follow when having the proper actions:

1. WE ARE NEVER TO DO ANYTHING THAT IS SIN

  • Romans 6:1-2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
  • 1 John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

2. WE ARE ALWAYS TO ABSTAIN FROM THE APPEARANCE OF SIN

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23 “Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

3. WE ARE NOT TO OFFEND OTHER CHRISTIANS BY IT

  • 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”

So when evaluating your actions, ask yourself, is this sin, does it appear to be, and will I offend my brother. Then, ask yourself if you are really willing to set aside your likes and dislikes to reach someone else with the Gospel message by being “made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

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